Il Grido (The Cry)

1957

Il Grido (The Cry)

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Michelangelo Antonioni's grim tale of a man (Steve Cochran) who becomes a wanderer when he loses the woman he loves. Virginia: Dorian Gray. Irma: Alida Valli. Andreina: Lyn Shaw. Elvia: Betsy Blair. Rosina: Mirna Girardi. Edera: Gabriella Palotta. Michelangelo Antonioni directed.

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Critic Reviews for Il Grido (The Cry)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

  • A bleak and desolate film, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni with an eye to the emotive powers of the barren landscape.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The camera's spare, stunning compositions and the tone of loss and disaffection anticipate Antonioni's later, brilliant explorations of bourgeois anomie.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A fairly lucid story that puts no undue strain on a viewer's imagination or intellect.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If Antonioni's assuredness isn't yet in place, Il Grido remains a key transitional work, with remarkable photography, fluid camerawork, and a typically unforgettable finale ranking among its most notable virtues.

    May 30, 2001

    Keith Phipps

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  • That one of the most subtle and fastidious directors of today could fall into such bathos shows either the perils of doctrine for the artist or that potential for melodrama that seems to exist in even the most talented film directors. Or both.

    Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A view of the world seen through the eyes of a man in despair, in which the time is always winter, the weather perma- nently foggy and even moments of beauty or gaiety make their ironic comment on the rest of life's sadness.

    Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Il Grido (The Cry)

  • Apr 25, 2017
    An insufferably dull, outdated and pointless film that forces us to be in the company of a hateful macho (who we couldn't feel any sympathy for) as his life is surrounded by several weak women who have no personality. Besides, the ending is simply ridiculous.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2012
    Very gray and desolate. What I liked about this film was the strange glimmer of hope present throughout Aldo's journey despite such despair. The use of music throughout is pretty cool too. Strange, absurd, and depressing film.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2011
    A heartbroken love letter to existentialism. The protagonist looks for that which cannot be replaced mainly because, just as it is stated in the movie, "emotions are not dictated by reason". It is gorgeously filmed in such a way that the landscapes and the scenery can interact with the brief existentialist tones that this great early film by the Italian poet of self-destruction acquires. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
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